Ida Applebroog (American, b. November 11, 1929) is a celebrated feminist artist. Born in the Bronx, NY, Applebroog attended New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in the late 1940s. In 1956, she moved to Chicago, where she attended the Art Institute in the late 1960s. She then moved to San Diego, CA, where she participated in an all female artists show called 21 Artists - Invisible/Visible at the Long Beach Art Museum in 1972. After teaching at the University of California in San Diego for a year, Applebroog returned to New York. She began work on a series of self-published books, such as Galileo Works (1977), which she mailed out to friends, galleries, and other people in the art world. These books were the foundation for her larger sequential works such as Sure I’m Sure (1980). In 1977, Applebroog joined Heresies/A Feminist Journal on Art and Politics. By 1981, she had held her first solo show at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NY, entitled Applebroog: Silent Stagings.

Applebroog is best known for her multi-partite paintings of everyday life, which she represents as traditional history paintings. The artist is not afraid of any subject matter; she frequently paints subjects of illness, aging, and sexual assault. In her works, Applebroog portrays what she sees as social immorality, and gives a bigger importance to smaller events and people she views as victims of society, especially women. Famous artists such as Edouard Manet (French, 1832–1883), Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906), and Giotto (Italian, 1266–1336) have had a significant influence on Applebroog’s compositions. The series of paintings Modern Olympia (1997–2001) depicts abused and abusive nude figures, mostly women, based on compositions by these male artists of the past.

Throughout the 1990s, Applebroog received the College Art Association Distinguished Art Award for Lifetime Achievement, an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from New School for Social Research/Parsons School of Design, and the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Recently, Applebroog worked on a series of “Photogenetics,” a combination of photography, sculpture, painting, and digital media. She currently lives and works in New York, NY.

Timeline

1929
Born in Bronx, NY
1948–1950
Attended the New York Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences
1965–1968
Attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1973
Taught at the University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA
1995
Received the College Art Association's Lifetime Achievement Award
1997
Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
1998
Received MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
2008
Lifetime Achievement Award, Women’s Caucus for Art
2009
Anonymous Was a Woman Award
Lives and works in New York, NY

Exhibitions

2012
Serpentine Gallery, ‘Memory Marathon’, London, England
2012
The David Roberts Art Foundation, ‘A House of Leaves’, London, England
2012
The Cooper Union, ‘Ruptures: Forms of Public Address’, New York NY
2012
dOCUMENTA (13), ‘dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany
2012
Exit Art, ‘Every Exitis an Entrance: 30 Years of Exit Art’, New York NY
2012
Trienal Poli/Gráfica, ‘El Panal / The Hive’, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2012
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, ‘Recent Acquisitions’, La Jolla CA
2012
Contemporary Art Museum, ‘Figure Studies: Recent Representational Works on Paper’, St. Louis MO
2011
Hauser & Wirth London, Ida Applebroog, London, England (solo)
2011
Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut, ‘Singulier(s) / Pluriel. Le Cnap au LaM’, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France
2010
Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY, Monalisa (solo)
2010
Ida Applebroog: Monalisa, Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY (solo)
2009
Ida Applebroog: l’histoire par la fenêtre, Nathalie Parienté, Paris, France (solo)
2007
Photogenics, Rowland Contemporary, Chicago, IL (solo)
2006
Girlpower and Boyhood, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2005
Inside Out Loud: Visualizing Women’s Health in Contemporary Art, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
2003
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
Splat Boom Pow! The Influence of Comics in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX and travelled to ICA, Boston, MA; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; Henie Onstad Kunstentet, Norway
2002
New York Renaissance: Masterworks from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
2001
Humor and Rage, Fundacio Caixa Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
2000
Works on Paper from the 1980's, Galerie Nathalie Pariente, Paris, France
1999
The Time of Our Lives, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
A Sange y Fuego, Espai d'Art Contemporani de Castelló Girona, Castellon De La Plana, Spain
Ida Applebroog: Nothing Personal, Paintings 1987-1997, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
1996
Interstices: A(a)rt the A(a)rtist and the A(a)udience, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
1994
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
43rd Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Painting, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
Establishing the Legacy, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Orchard Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland and travelled to Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland and Cubitt Street Gallery, London, England
1993
Everything is Fine, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
The Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1992
Parallel Visions: Modern Artists and Outsider Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Devil on the Stairs: Looking Back on the Eighties, ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA and travelled to Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
Ida Applebroog: UlmerMuseum, Ulm, Germany and travelled to Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany and NGBK Berlin, Berlin, Germany
1991
Prospects: Selected Work from the Colledtion and Possible Acquisitions, Bavarian State Collection of Paintings, Munich, Germany
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
1990
Happy Families, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
1989
Art at the Edge: Ida Appelbroog, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
1987
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
1986
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
1984
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
1982
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
1981
Applebroog: Silent Stagings, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY (solo)

Public Collections

Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
Ulmer Museum, Ulm, Germany
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
New School University, New York, NY
Northern Illinois University Art Museum, DeKalb, IL
Pushkin State Museum, Moscow, Russia
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
Arizona State Art Museum, Tempe, AR
Australia National Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Bayerische Staatsgemaldesammlungen, Munich, Germany
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York
Cincinnati Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH
Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, DC
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Wien, Austria
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Literature

2010
Bryan-Wilson, Julia. Ida Applebroog: Mona Lisa. New York: Hauser & Wirth, 2010
2002
Lignel, Benjamin. Ida Applebroog: Are You Bleeding Yet? New York: La Maison Red, 2002
1998
Sultan, Terrie, Arthur Danto, and Dorothy Allison. Ida Applebroog: Nothing Personal, Paintings 1987-1997. Washington, DC: The Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1998
1991
Storr, Robert, Brigitte Reinhardt, and Annelie Pohlen. Ida Applebroog. Berlin, Germany: Ulmer Museum, Bonner Kunstverein and Realismus Studio de Neuen Gesellschaft fur Bildende Kunst, 1991
1990
Zeitlin, Marilyn, Thomas Sokolowski, and Lowery Sims. Ida Applebroog: Happy Famililes, A Fifteen-Year Survey. Houston, Texas: Contemporary Arts Museum, 1990
1989
McCormick, Carlo. Ida Applebroog, Nostroms, Belladona. New York: Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, 1989